Joined: 10 Jul 2011
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V34
GMAT 2: 710 Q50 V35
, given: 10
School shortlisting [#permalink]
05 Aug 2012, 00:20
Below is my brief profile:
Age: 26 years
Undergrad: IIT Roorkee (2008 batch), CGPA: 6.5 / 10 (relative grading, still not particularly good)
FRM (both levels)
Passed CFA Level - 2
GMAT: 700 (Q50, V34) and AWA: 4.5 (took on Oct 31,2011)
Work ex 1: Marketing analytics KPO (2 years)
Work ex 2: Financial Management (Process consulting) and Shared Services & Outsourcing Advisory with KPMG Management Consulting
International work ex: None, however have extensively worked with US and European clients / colleagues
Total work ex by Aug'13: 5 years and 1 months (expected)
Extra curricular: Have been involved with an NGO and worked in North India. Did a lot of stuff during the college, for example, was the General Secretary of the elected students body. Involved in managing technical festivals etc.
Major reason for MBA: Get into the finance domain (corp. finance, I - banking etc.) with direct client exposure (I have worked in an offshore model for a few years now)
My criteria of schools selection is as follows:
1. Global rank less than 30 (I generally refer to FT rankings for the Global ranks)
2. Good finance focus
3. Total expenditure of less than $100k (including everything). I understand that this is a makes things very difficult and I might have to go for lower ranked schools to meet this criteria. I am sure a scholarship / grant would be necessary to meet this criteria.
Based on the above, I have shortlisted a few schools and grouped them as follows:
Category 1 (Dream) - admit would be a good thing, expecting a scholarship / grant would be a stretch
Category 2 (Reachable) - expect an admit, might also get a scholarship / grant if I am lucky
3. Anderson (UCLA)
Category 3 (Good chance) - expect an admit as well as a scholarship / grant
Apart from these I am also looking to apply to major Asian schools (HKUST, NUS and ISB), I would not need to depend on a scholarship / grant for these schools. However, I will have to make a tough call of choosing between the Asian and Category 3 schools in case I get a scholarship / grant in Category 3 schools only.
I would just want you to please validate / suggest changes to the schools that I have shortlisted above. Also, it would be great if you can provide some guidance around choosing between the Asian / Category 3 schools given my long term objective.
Many thanks in advance!!!!